Feeding your baby in the first year is a great experience for parents. During this time a special bond or attachment develops between the parents and the baby. But being a parent, you need to be extra careful as what you are feeding your baby and how often. Your doctor can always give you the right suggestions.
You must always try to follow the food chart provided by your doctor. At the same time you must avoid giving certain foods to your baby, especially if he or she is below one year of age.
Here are certain foods that babies below one year age must not be given:
Cow’s milk should not be given to infants before the age of 12 months. First of all cow’s milk do not contain all the vitamins and minerals that your baby needs to grow and develop at this stage. Secondly, the large amounts of protein, sodium and potassium can have a negative impact on your baby’s growth level. Also this kind of milk will not be easy to digest.
However, yogurt and cheese made from cow’s milk can be given. These products are cultured and can be easily digested by the baby.
After one year, you can feed your baby whole cow’s milk. But start with a little amount and then gradually increase the amount.
Another food that must not be given to infants below one year age is honey. Honey may contain the spores of a type of bacteria that can cause infant botulism in babies. This happens as your baby’s intestinal tract cannot prevent the growth of these spores.
After 12 months of age, your baby is less susceptible to this bacterium and so you can give little honey to your baby.
The acidic nature of these fruits can lead to rashes and stomach aches in your baby. So it is best to avoid giving fruits like lemon, orange, pineapple, strawberries and even tomato until your baby turns one year old.
Both the whole fruit as well as its juice should be avoided.
Some Green Vegetables
Some green vegetables like broccoli, spinach and beans can cause gas in your baby’s stomach which can turn into colic baby.
Also these green vegetables are high in their nitrate content. Too much nitrates can cause a fatal blood disorder in very young babies.
Highly Allergenic Foods
The most common allergenic foods are eggs, milk, peanuts, wheat, soy, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. It is best to avoid introducing these foods to your one year old baby.
In case, if you or any other family members are allergic to any of these foods, always consult your pediatrician before introducing any of these into your baby’s diet.
Always try to introduce new foods one at a time. Introduce a new food, wait for at least 5-6 days and then introduce another one. This way it will become easier to know whether your baby develops allergic reactions to the new food. The most common food allergy symptoms are hives, diaper rash, eczema, mouth sores, breathing difficulty and severe colic pain.
If you think your baby is reacting to a food and is developing an allergy, do call the doctor immediately.